Editor's Note: This is the story of the mountain view high school student hit by the car just outside the school. Because of the rotation system used to dispatch medical helicopters, The golden Hour passed and he died. While he was laying in the street dying an AirEvac helicopter flew overhead, they could not stop because they were not the dispatched helicopter. The rotation system instituted by the City of Mesa and other Arizona cities prevented rapid response for the victim.
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UNSAFE FLYING, WHAT IS THE FAA DOING?
Native American Air has done some very dangerous
things. One incident occurred when an AirEvac
helicopter was on final approach to land at a scene
call and a Native helicopter came in underneath the
AirEvac helicopter to "snag" the transport. The
AirEvac crew had to abort the landing. Native pilots
frequently do not monitor the common air-to-air
frequency that is set aside by the FAA to allow
aircraft to communicate with each other. This is
something that is a dangerous practice because on too
many occasions AirEvac and Lifenet pilots have tried
to contact a Native helicopter to let them know about
LZ precautions, or to let them know they were landing
behind their aircraft and they never acknowledge. This
increases the chances for midair accidents and ones
with ground based objects that they might not have
Call Jumping, a dangerous sport
Native and DPS Air Rescue monitor other companies
frequencies to try to jump calls. The ground crews
will be expecting AirEvac or Lifenet, having our
frequencies set up for critical communications and
they look up to see another helicopter ready to
land... not the one they asked for. Then, the
originally dispatched helicopter will be ready to land
and get canceled at the last minute, wasting all that
fuel and man hours. It creates a lot of confusion when
they see 2 helicopters but only asked for one. Again,
creates for extremely dangerous LZ's and increased
patient transport times.
DPS Helicopter Audited, State Mum on incidents
Speaking of DPS, their logs were reportedly taken by a
State auditor and are being investigated for wrongful
conduct. Northern Division is no longer self
dispatching or being dispatched by EMSCOM. From the
Lieutenant up there, they are only to be dispatched by
Flagstaff DPS Ops Com... meaning, only true medical
helicopters will be dispatched on calls for N. AZ. If
there are none available, the agencies will call Flag
DPS Ops Com to request a helicopter. What they had
been doing was monitoring other companies
frequencies... they said it was free to the public so
they had first right of refusal.
Inadequate medical personnel on state chopper
BUT, they only have one paramedic assigned to the
aircraft... No nurse. If one ground ambulance
paramedic can't take care of the patient, why transfer
care to the same level person when you could have a
true air medical helicopter with a paramedic AND a
nurse or two paramedics? Right off the bat you get a
lower level of care because of a staffing issue. And
then there have been incidents where the crews take
ten minutes or more to get up in the air. Not
acceptable... And on a few occasions, they have landed
on scene, the medic got out, looked at the patient and
said they weren't bad enough to be flown, and took
off... But, there are times when they will take a
Phoenix Fire-medic or a Nurse from Kingman's ER, but
they are not scheduled for two medical crew members.
Only on infrequent occasions.
Citizen death may be attributed to lack of professionalism
Uncalled for... There is the possibility that one
person died while en route by ground ambulance to
Flagstaff Medical Center because the DPS medic said
they weren't bad enough to be flown... You can relate
the same types of stories to many of AZ's DPS
helicopters. This may have set the wheels in motion
for their new Bell helicopter which is reportedly not
being configured for air medical transports... Law
enforcement and search & rescue missions only... no
medical transports. It does have medical gear to
assist when needed. Also, there is are reports that
they have officers that are NEW paramedics, with no
history of working as a paramedic prior to flying. It
takes years of experience to get on a flight crew
anywhere else. Guess those logs showed something but
the public never heard about it.
No standardized training or minimum requirements?
Ask ANY ER staff member and ask them which agency
provides the best care in the air and who provides the
worst... Why? Training and professionalism. I was
offered a job at all 3 agencies in the same time
Native wanted to put me on the helicopter the next
day.. No classroom training... AirEvac has a minimum
6 weeks of training, I think Lifenet is 3 weeks...
New Airevac Helicopters will provide more efficient service
AirEvac just purchased 4 new Eurocopter A-Star B-3 Helicopters.
They look like the ships Lifenet has but the B-3's have the strongest
engines available. AirEvac should have4 the fastest
and highest lift capacity in the valley with top cruise of
around 155+ knots and full power to well over anything
else in the valley (23000ft operating ceiling?). A
former local aeromedical pilot once said, "With a full crew and
loaded with fuel, they can pull an elephant off the
top of Mt Humphries and still have power to take the
circus trainer for a ride."
More to come soon...
You have just started across the street in Mesa when a car comes from out of nowhere and sends you flying about 50 feet. When you regain consciences you recall everything will be OK. I am just a half mile from where the medical helicopter is based. They will pick me up and take me to the nearest trauma center and save me... WRONG....Today is rotation day and the nearest chopper is miles away at an airport on the other side of the town. So you lay there kicking and twitching with you life's fluids streaming from your ears, eyes, nose and a few open wounds.. Thank God the fire department is arriving.. They try in vain to stabilize your broken body and keep you alive waiting for the helicopter.
The firemen are making a valiant effort, they are not equipped for the trauma you are suffering, they try to make you comfortable, you feel yourself slipping into a darker and darker state of consciences time seems to be standing still, 5 minutes, ten minutes 20, 30 40. You can bearly hear the sound of the approaching helicopter, Finally after 45 minutes it has arrived, you are saved !
WRONG AGAIN!, your body has slipped to far, you are dying, the helicopter has arrived too late. But your family will still be stuck with the bill for around $5000.00. Even if you are DOA (dead on arrival) this must be paid.. sorry bout that folks.
Sound like fiction ? it is not! once again your fate is in the control of narrow minded bureaucrats who are unable to see the Big Picture when it comes to the well being of their fellow man. ( or woman)
In this wonderful city of wide streets and narrow minds you and your family's safety takes a back seat to the best interests of the bureaucrats and politicians.
LOOK FOR AN UPDATE ON THIS
STORY. WE ARE NOW INVESTIGATING SEVERAL INCIDENTS, AT LEAST ONE ACTUAL
INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED RECENTLY WHERE A 16 YEAR OLD DIED THAT WAS THE
VICTIM OF A LONG DELAY IN RESPONSE BY THE HELICOPTER AS A DIRECT RESULT OF
THIS FLAWED POLICY.
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